Global Energy News Roundup: March 1

The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy

U.S. and Saudi Arabia Continue Discussions on Nuclear Power Plants

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will be traveling to London this week to engage in discussions with Saudi Arabia regarding a nuclear energy deal. Secretary Perry had a planned trip to India this week which has been cancelled in a move that portrays the importance of these talks. Secretary Perry will be meeting with the Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy and Industry, Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih. The talks between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been occurring for months and this week’s meeting is seen as a critical steps in the negotiations. Saudi Arabia is planning to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next 20 to 25 years, raising concern from nuclear nonproliferation advocates in the U.S. However, if the United States does not work with Saudi Arabia on this issue, it will leave room for Russia and China to enter the negotiations.

Source: The Hill

Drone Will Travel Through Fukushima Nuclear Power Reactor

A drone known as the RISER, will use “laser-based obstacle avoidance technology so that it can fly autonomously deep into the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant where GPS signals can’t reach.” The drone uses special radiation mapping software that will create high definition 3D pictures of contamination inside the power plant. Funding for the technology has been supplied by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and also Innovate UK. The drone will allow access to previously unattainable areas of the Fukushima nuclear facility.

Source: DroneDJ

China to Build Its First Nuclear Power Air Craft Carrier

China is reportedly developing the technology to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The move follows a pledge made by Chinese President Xi Jinping that the government would work to turn China’s military into a “world-class fighting force by 2050.” The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) released the plan in a list of developments the company aims to achieve by 2025. The plan also includes developing stealth fighters, aircraft carriers, and missiles.

Source: Channel News Asia

VC Summer Operators Will Work on Vogtle 3 and 4

In a move that will save nearly two years of training costs and time, 14 operators from the VC Summer Nuclear Project have been hired by Georgia Power to work on Vogtle 3 and 4. The hiring details were included in a report filed to the Georgia Public Service Commission, which also reaffirmed the in-service target dates for both Vogtle 3 (November 2021) and Vogtle 4 (November 2020).

Source: World Nuclear News